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Les Yeux d'Irina: Down & Dirty On Clay

Irina Falconi's stay in Paris has come to a close, and she blogs as she gets ready for the green...

Published June 01, 2012 12:00

PARIS, France - American Irina Falconi brings us her latest WTA Player Blog from the terre battue of Roland Garros... read on!

Paris...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Let's see how many little slogans I can come up that involve Americans and how awesome we have been doing at this year's French Open:

"Looks like we've finally figured out the Play-Doh"
"Who says we don't look good in red, red, and red?"
"There's a reason why we've always enjoyed the 'slip-n-slide!'"

OK, that's enough for now.

But seriously! The first two days, we got ten wins in the Women's Main Draw. All that talk about the American tennis being on the decline? Psssh, we sure got "down and dirty" on the clay. Ha, they are becoming cheesier and cheesier, not going to lie.

Well friends, I actually had two days off after my my first round. It was super weird, I'll tell you that much. Two days without a tennis match, whilst everyone is playing and competing. It was odd, but hey, what are you going to do. Both days consisted of light hits throughout the day and a little bit of gym work. Got to keep the mojo going, but the focus was maintenance.

Second round came Wednesday. And I played Samantha Stosur. I hear she likes the clay? French Open finals two years ago? Yeah, her.

I lost one and four. Tough match up for anyone.

So what do you do after a match like that? You deliberate. That's the one thing that coaches and players must have if you want to make it to the next level.

There's a certain level of trust that has to come from both parties so you can communicate freely about your tennis, your fitness, and your career in general. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. You have to be willing to change. These are all components that make for a great player-coach team. If my entire team and I weren't airtight about all things---some things would obviously be left in the gray area and some things would slip up. That's only normal.

But nonetheless, we deliberated. We made progress, and we made plans for the next tournaments.

So yes friends, my stay in Paris has ended, but not to worry, time to move on to England! 'Pound' it.

Au revoir and see ya on the greener side.

-Le Falconi

-IF

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